6-hour standoff resolved peacefully

Holt, Fla., May 23, 2018–The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team responded to two standoffs in less than 24 hours.

Early this morning, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office peacefully resolved a six-hour stand-off with a barricaded suspect inside a Destin hotel.

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Deputies respond to a disturbance at the Home2 Suites in Destin May 23. (OCSO)

Deputies were called to the Home2 Suites on Emerald Coast Parkway around 5:30 a.m. in response to a “disturbance in progress.”

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Nicholas Sachse

A hotel guest said 30-year-old Nicholas Sachse had been walking around the second floor screaming.

The guest told him to quiet down and said when he looked out the peephole, Sachse was pointing a handgun at it, causing him to fear for his life.

The OCSO’s SRT and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded but Sachse, who had retreated to his room, refused to come out.

Second-floor hotel guests were safely evacuated.

Special response team members ultimately breached the door and took Sachse into custody without incident on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

During the execution of a search warrant in Sachse’s hotel room, deputies found ammunition, a gun lock and documentation for the purchase of a Ruger firearm; however the gun was not located.

It was the second call-out for the OCSO SRT Team, which also responded to a stand-off with an armed murder suspect in Bay County Monday.

Monday’s event

Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on White Heron Drive in Santa Rosa Beach Tuesday morning following a 911 call regarding a homicide.

When deputies arrived they found the body of 30-year-old Clinton Douglas Street from Birmingham, Ala., with multiple gunshot wounds.

An investigation and canvas of the neighborhood quickly identified a person of interest.

Crime analysts from Walton County Sheriff’s Office immediately notified authorities in Bay County regarding the suspect, 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd, a resident of Panama City.

The deceased Street was the live-in boyfriend of Holroyd’s estranged wife who was not home at the time of the incident on White Heron Drive.

Holroyd, located by Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Panama City Police Department at his townhome apartment in Panama City, began shooting at investigators and fire response units from his second-story window.

OCSO and WCSO responded to a request for armored vehicles to assist in the standoff.

Two Panama City Police officers and a BCSO deputy were pinned down behind their vehicles during the exchange of fire. Additionally, multiple patrol cars were peppered with gunfire, shattering windows and computers inside the vehicles.

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A multi-agency SWAT team enters a second-story townhome from the platform of the OCSO’s armored vehicle. (Bay County Sheriff’s Office)

A multi-agency SWAT team entered Holroyd’s townhome through an upstairs window using the elevated platform on top of OCSO’s armored vehicle.

Once inside the townhome, law enforcement found Holroyd’s body, still wearing body armor.

The inside of the townhome was saturated with gasoline. Investigators also found flares and believe Holroyd intended to start a fire using a flare to ignite the gas.

Also found in the home was hundreds of rounds of ammunition, several high powered rifles.

BCSO estimated about 100 rounds of ammunition were shot during the altercation.

“We are very grateful that multi-agency cooperation was able to quickly resolve this issue without any further loss of life,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson addressing reporters following the incident in Bay County Monday. “The officers and deputies involved faced a shooter from an elevated position firing hundreds of rounds threatening the public and their fellow law enforcement. We are extremely blessed none of our officers or deputies were injured.”

Staff and OCSO, WCSO  and BCSO releases

 

 

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